Report cites 'loss of control' in fatal Kauai plane crash that killed two Oklahomans

In this photo provided by Ryan Richardson, plumes of smoke are seen from Port Allen Harbor across an inlet after a plane crashes just outside Port Allen Airport on the island of Kauai, on Monday, May 23, 2016. Multiple people died after a skydiving tour plane crashed and caught fire in Hawaii, one of two plane crashes reported Monday in the islands. (Ryan Richardson via AP)

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board says the defining event in a crash that killed five people aboard a skydiving flight on Kauai was "loss of control in flight."

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the safety board's report on the May 23, 2016, crash was released earlier this month.


The pilot, Damien Horan, of Waimea, was killed along with brothers Marshall and Phillip Cabe of Lawton, Oklahoma, and Skydive Hawaii instructors Enzo Amitrano and Wayne Rose.

The Family's attorney, Rick Fried, said last year the skydiving trip was a college graduation present for the brothers from their father, Michael Cabe.

The report on the crash did not cite a cause, but did say an airframe and engine examination "did not reveal evidence of any preexisting mechanical malfunction."

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